05.04.2012 - 09.04.2012 85 °F
The month of April was so busy that I didn't have the opportunity to blog about our travels, so I am writing some "catching up" entries. The first place we visited was Texas. Last summer, some of our close friends moved to Austin. We thought about routing ourselves through there on our cross-country road trip, but our friends were scheduled to be out of town when we would pass through. We wanted to visit while we were still living in Phoenix because getting to Texas would be more difficult after moving to Pennsylvania. Everyone was free for Easter, so we decided to take advantage of the holiday weekend for a visit.
Our flight there started off uneventfully. However, when my daughter needed a potty break, I discovered that the bathroom on our Canadair regional jet was extremely small. The only way my daughter and I could both be in there with the door shut was if she was sitting or standing on the seat. Of course, she refused to stand on the seat to pull up her pants and wash her hands, so I had to open the door (once again I offer my apologies to the nearby passengers and thank them for understanding). While this was happening, the pilot announced that we were beginning our descent and he was turning on the seat belt sign. Of course, when I tried to hurry my daughter along, it backfired. I had visions of a flight attendant throwing us out of the bathroom. Thankfully, we got out of there before that happened, and most of our stay in Austin was incident-free.
This trip was mainly about spending time with friends and celebrating Easter. It was great fun to see their son and my daughter interact because they're only five months apart and hadn't seen each other in a year and a half. We even managed to hit a few of Austin's highlights with the kids:
- Zilker Park. The train ride there was a big hit with the kids. They also enjoyed the playground and an exhibit on water where you could push a button to create a miniature rain shower.
- The Austin Zoo. Favorites included tortoises, a peacock that roamed the grounds, and goats you could feed.
- Eating! We visited the Salt Lick for some famous barbecue.
That plate of food was mine, but the kid's meal we ordered was nearly as big. I guess it was Texas-sized! This was the site of our other incident, where my daughter fell on the gravel and scraped and bruised her chin. She was shaken up, but fortunately it was nothing serious. She was dancing around the lights of the restaurant later that evening.
We also had lunch at one of Austin's many food trucks. Way South Philly at 6th and Waller had tasty cheesesteaks and grilled cheese, and they got bonus points when they brought out a basket of blocks for the kids.
We also had another fun food stop at the Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress St., but only after trying on some cowboy hats at Allens Boots!
In all, we had a great first trip to Austin and hope to visit again before too long.